Bolivia

Morales Promises No Nationalizations, Despite Nationalizations

Three Spanish-owned airports were nationalized this week in Bolivia. A Spanish firm, Sabsa, had a contract to operate the airports in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba until 2025. Bolivian President Evo Morales justified the takeover, by suggesting that the airlines weren’t spending enough on infrastructure, but Sabsa has reported that it was operating at…

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Bolivia Demands Chilean Territory, Chile Declines Request

During the recent Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union in Santiago, Chile, Bolivian President Evo Morales reiterated his demanded that Chile give up national territory to provide Bolivia with more convenient access to the Pacific ocean. Responding to Morales’ most recent demands during the CELAC-EU meetings…

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The Chaco War of South America

Bolivia and Paraguay are both landlocked neighbors in South America. Neither have had the luxury of strong economies. Between 1932 and 1935, the two countries fought the bloodiest conflict on the continent in the 20th century. At dispute, was a region known as “Gran Chaco” which was incorrectly believed to contain substantial oil deposits. Control…

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Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas

Initiated in 2004 as a pet project of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, the Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América started as a pact between the impoverished nation of Cuba, and Venezuela. The pact started as a simple partnership between communist Cuba, and fascist Venezuela. Under the initial agreement, Venezuela basically exchanged about 96,000…

Evo Morales Flouts International Treaty

Bolivia has a history with Chile. During the War of the Pacific, Bolivia and Peru united against Chile from 1879 through 1883. Being on the losing side of the war, Bolivia lost direct access to the Pacific. According to the Treaty of Peace and Friendship signed by Bolivia in 1904, Bolivia lost territory previously connecting…

4 Nations to Leave Defensive Treaty

Bolivia, Ecuador Nicaragua, and Venezuela are no strangers to anti-Western posturing. Recently, the nations have been cozying up to the Islamic nation Iran while simultaneously touting increasingly populist rhetoric, and implementing draconian policies such as disarming law abiding citizens in Venezuela, flouting national laws in Nicaragua, or attacks on the press in Ecuador. Last Tuesday,…